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Jan 30, 2013

Crikey says: Gillard offers some budget nuance

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As Crikey hit deadline the Prime Minister was at the podium of the National Press Club to deliver a speech designed to set the course for the government through until the election due later this year.

Like all politicians these days, the Prime Minister is keen to talk about how tough voters are doing it. For once, though, she has offered a more nuanced perspective on the issue, reflecting on flat house prices, lower superannuation returns, a high savings rate, increasing commuting times and the contrast with the pre-GFC era of constantly rising consumption. She’s also reflected on how governments are doing it tough because revenue keeps missing forecasts, and how business may simply have to get used to a high dollar that refuses to succumb to the gravity exerted by declining terms of trade and an inevitable decline in mining investment.

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3 thoughts on “Crikey says: Gillard offers some budget nuance

  1. Malcolm Street

    Having a long campaign puts the pressure on Abbott to come out with specifics and as he will be leading an alternative government there will be greater scrutiny on them.

  2. john willoughby

    eight months of torture, maybe Nauru is a viable option..

  3. AR

    MM has said for the last two years that his “policies” will be laid out and elucidated when an election is called.
    Waiting, waiting, tic tok….

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